Wow, what a beautiful state and a complete surprise to us and we’re pretty sure you will be just as amazed. We always thought of Arizona as a desert wasteland filled with cactus – but the Grand Canyon offers soo many different adventures and different views around every corner! There are so many different ways to explore this beautiful landscape – we hope you enjoy Arizona as much as we did!
1. Take The Arizona River Runners Guide Through The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon – some say it’s just a big hole in the ground – let us comment on those people – they are SO WRONG and have no love or appreciation for natures amazing beauty and probably don’t like to be outside, or sunshine, or fresh air. The Grand Canyon is beautiful and there are so many ways to explore this massive world wonder. The Arizona River Runners river guides provide an exceptional trip 188 miles through the canyon and they come highly recommended. They are skilled explorers of the water and rapids giving guests just the right amount of thrill and they even take you to the Elves Chasm (our #15 on our list!). Go hiking, camping, swimming, rafting, and make food all out in the Arizona Wilderness!
2. Hike To Horseshoe Bend
A wonderful and breath taking view of the Colorado river bending around Horseshoe Bend! It’s about a 3/4 mile hike – but worth ever breath, just gorgeous! Also, a little tip for the newbies – DO bring water and wear comfy shoes please 😉
3. Splash Around At Havasu Falls
Havasu Falls is one of the most famous and visited waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. The Falls consist of 1 main chute that drops over a 120-foot vertical cliff! The red rocks and vibrant blue waters make a really stunning contrast and a spot that won’t ever be forgotten in your memory bank.
4. Kayak Havasu Creek
Havasu Creek starts out above the canyon wall as a small trickle of snow run-off and rain water. Head upstream to reach Havasu Springs, where an underground river feeds the creek. Calcium Carbonate gives the water the blue green tint and formed the limestone giving its strong and unique appearance.
5. Visit The Petrified Forest National Park
A true masterpiece of colors ♥
The Petrified Forest National Park also includes the Painted Desert so it is essentially a double whammy of adventure and amazement and both are very unique in their own special way. The park hosts regional cultural demonstrators at various times throughout the year so be sure to get information on all the amazing tours and guides that are available!
6. Sit Atop Devils Bridge Sedona
An amazing hike to this masterpiece created by mother nature! This picture just makes us want to have a picnic right there and watch the sunset – what a romantic spot ♥
7. See The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This place is a Zoo – and an amazing one at that!! As you walk around there are numerous places to stop, rest, read and learn. The rangers on duty are knowledgeable and are ready at all times to assist guests. An unforgettable experience – also, be sure to catch the raptor show 😉
8. Participate At Flagstaff Extreme
A wonderful way to challenge yourself – expect to be there for at least four hours of fun. The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful with the course and they want you to have a great time! Compete with your lover on strength and endurance! It’s great adventurous fun – and guaranteed to make your night a restful one when you get back to your hotel!
9. Visit Kartchner Caverns State Park
These caves are “living ” and sections of the caves are closed off for bats – as this is their home! The guides are interesting and informative and really know their stuff and you can tell they love and respect this amazing site! Tour unique underground nature preserves while the staff that will teach you about stalactites, stalagmites, straws, domed ceilings and bats.
10. Walk Through Boyce Thompson Arboretum
A magical place to spend time reconnecti
11. See The Galaxies At Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory
A truly unique opportunity to get your nerd on. The drive up to the observatory is wonderful and sets the stage for what would have been a great evening of star gazing at the observatory. View Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and a Messier 13 globular cluster!! – All with very good clarity might we add as you are looking into the galaxies with a 32 inch telescope. Binoculars are also provided to look at Sun during sunset to observe a phenomena called “Green flash”. These binoculars also help to look at the Moon with intriguing detail as compared to the naked eye. It’s really a fascinating spectacle!
Lovers Tip♥: please consider wearing at least four layers of winter wear covering your torso and legs. It gets very cold in the night and wind could make it even worse. Much of the event is outdoors so please wear gloves, neck and ear warmers, and layers of woolen socks under firm boots 🙂
12. Explore Rock Art Canyon Ranch
If you like petroglyphs, desert scape and cowboy charm you will love this place!!! The Bairds are great stewards of this natural place – and the main reason this beautiful place is kept pristine! Not only do they run tours but they are also a working ranch and work very hard at giving you the best experience possible. The ranch also has an interesting museum that houses old farm equiptment and a spectacular collection of anasazi pottery.
13. Take The Dolly Steamboat Tour Of Canyon Lake
The Dolly Steamboat is a real paddle wheel boat that tours Canyon Lake. The views are amazing from the boat and It is a calm ride packed with a whole lot of fun. Great opportunity to just relax, enjoy the view and enjoy great conversations. Check Groupon for half price tickets. Canyon Lake also has canoe and boat rentals by the hour to add to the adventure.